Introduction: Living in the Shadow of Dementia

  • Richard ChestonEmail author
  • Gary Christopher


Human beings have a unique facility: we know we are mortal, and yet, for the most part, we lead our lives without becoming overwhelmed by this knowledge. This capacity to know but also not know about the inevitability of our deaths does not just protect us against the knowledge of its certainty, it also helps us to defend against other existential threats. Dementia represents just such a threat. This book is about how the process of defending ourselves against the threat of dementia enables us to regulate our feelings about it.


Dementia Terror Management Theory Existential threat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Social SciencesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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